Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Jim Harwood, Board President Jim has practiced architecture for more than 20 years and is a graduate of Cornell University. In 2007, Jim moved from New York City to Lenox, Massachusetts where his office for J. Harwood Architect is now based. Jim has a history of designing responsible, energy efficient buildings in the challenging northeastern climate. He is a LEED accredited professional. Jim joined the board at CDCSB in 2010 because of his commitment to the creation of living wage jobs and affordable housing.

Cara Becker Cara graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in Business Administration. Before moving to the Berkshires, she worked as a Manager of Executive Training and Development for Lord & Taylor stores where she created and implemented Executive training programs for the company nationwide. Cara moved with her family to the Berkshires from Long Island and has since taken roles as Community Liaison for the town of Great Barrington and Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Cara has also participated in many task forces that focus on the betterment of the community she loves.

Dave Christopolis Dave is the Executive Director of Hilltown CDC located in Chesterfield, MA and lives in Goshen, MA. Hilltown CDC does work in Berkshire and Hampshire Counties. Dave has been working in the non-profit sector for 30 years. His past experience include working as a mental health counselor, community organizer, planner and grant writer. He has a real estate license in MA and manages affordable housing development at Hilltown CDC. Dave’s focus has always been on social justice, economic equality and advocating for policies and programs that build a more equitable society particularly for those who are disadvantaged. Dave promotes a comprehensive rural community development approach to his work at the Hilltown CDC, fostering regional collaborations and advancing a vision in which economic inequality and its related symptoms are public health and policy concerns. Dave holds a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch New England Graduate School and studied Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music.

Cara Davis Cara is the former Executive Director of Construct, Inc. She retired in 2016 after 27 years working on behalf of low to moderate income households with housing and other basic needs. Cara is also an ordained minister with the Berkshire Association of the United Church of Christ and is currently serving as a “bridge” minister for the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington until they call their new pastor. Cara also serves on the Great Barrington Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the Unified Fitness Review Committee of the UCC Massachusetts Conference, and is moderator of First Congregational Church in Lee. Cara has lived in the southern Berkshires since 1972 and is a resident of Great Barrington since 2004.

Thomas Doyle Tom is a Broker Associate with Lance Vermeulen Real Estate Inc., as well as the Treasurer/Secretary on the Board of Berkshire Multiple Listing Service, Inc. He is the Managing Member of TOPA Enterprises, LLC, a real estate investment and development company. Tom joined the CDCSB Board in 2017.

Rona Easton Rona is a licensed practicing architect who has worked and lived across the globe, and now resides in the Berkshires. She was born in Scotland, spent years in Europe, Hong Kong and New York, before moving to New Marlborough in 2014. Since moving here she has volunteered her services to the community, working with the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on their first high-performance new homes, and is a member of the New Marlborough Conservation Commission, overseeing developments under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.

Shep Evans Shep is the founder of FRIDAY & Co. Real Estate. As a “green” Realtor, he has balanced conservation interests and development pressures, maintaining daily involvement in the real estate marketplace, community affairs, municipal planning, and regional environmental regulation. As Conservation Commission Chairman in Stockbridge, Shep Evans led the inaugural effort to adopt and implement the Berkshire Scenic Mountains Act. As an amateur naturalist, he has blazed and maintained miles of trails and has certified dozens of wetland habitats of state-listed rare species. His depth of understanding of the local scene and the natural world around him, together with important hands-on experience in land use planning and regulatory issues, position him as a valued independent resource and advisor to public & private sector property owners and environmental interests. Shepley is currently the Conservation Agent for Towns of Great Barrington and Richmond. Shepley has lived in the southern Berkshires since 1980 and is currently a resident of Great Barrington.

Jeffry H. Kittross, Clerk Jeff was educated in New York City public schools, received an AB in economics from the College of William & Mary and an LLB from Cornell Law School in 1959. He was admitted to the Bar in New York, and he is a United States Army veteran. He has worked for Bankers Trust Company, New York; Martin Marietta Corp (now Lockheed Martin), New York and The Okonite Company, New Jersey. In 1976, Jeffry left Okonite as Vice President & General Counsel to become Executive Vice President of the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York, a national organization supporting the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Later work with the Episcopal Church included community development and affordable housing in Newark, New Jersey. Married since 1960 to Emily Wade Kittross, with two children and three grandchildren, he is retired and living in Lenox, Massachusetts, from where he serves on various corporate and non-profit boards.

Richard Melluzo Richard was born in Hartford, CT and received his BS in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974. Richard continued his education with an MA in counseling psychology from the University of Hartford in 1976 and an MS in Public Health with a specialty in Health Care Administration from Russell Sage College in 1984. He moved to Great Barrington in 1976 and served on the town’s Finance Committee for 2 years and as a Selectman for 11 years during that time. In 1991 he founded his private practice, RJM Counseling, in Great Barrington where he continues to provide counseling services to individuals, couples and families.

Daniel Mintz Daniel has lived in Berkshire County since 1991. He was trained as an attorney and has served on various boards in Berkshire County including as the treasurer of The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. Daniel was a member of the Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals from 2003 until 2008, and Chairman from 2007-2008. He is a managing partner of a commercial property owner/operator in the New York City Garment Center. He was a member of the Midtown South Community Council in New York City which addresses affordable housing and homeless issues in the city. Daniel currently lives in Mill River.

Rachel Moriarty Rachel is the Director of Operations at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics where she manages the organization so it can effectively house both its national and local programs. As the program coordinator of BerkShares local currency and part-time administrator for the Berkshire Community Land Trust, she helps implement the Schumacher Center’s practical applications of new economic thinking in the Berkshires. Rachel received her B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Peter Puciloski Peter is the senior litigator for Lazan, Glover and Puciloski LLP in Boston, with offices in Great Barrington. He has appeared before numerous courts, boards and commissions on the federal, state and local level and handles both litigation and transactional matters, involving residential, commercial and development property; condominiums and land use regulation. Peter, a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, and Boston College, magna cum laude, is the author of Real Estate Litigation. He has served on the Hingham Planning Board, the Hingham Historic District Commission and the Hingham Water Supply Company. Peter is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute and a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant. He returned to the CDC of South Berkshire Board of Directors in 2016.

David Rich David has been the Executive Director of Supportive Housing Works since 2006 where he has played a leadership role in developing and implementing local and regional campaigns to end homelessness. David has lead the creation of Opening Doors of Fairfield County – a collaboration of over 200 social service organizations, government agencies, corporations and municipalities with the singular goal of ending all forms of homelessness by 2020. David has 25 years experience creating and building market-based solutions to alleviating poverty in North & Central America, Africa and Asia. Previous to joining Supportive Housing Works David lead the Mutual Housing Association of South Central CT. He has founded five non-profit and for-profit companies an turned around and brought to scale an additional four organizations. He currently lives in Salisbury, CT.

Richard Stanley Richard is owner and developer of the Triplex Cinema and has been involved in town projects and affordable housing projects, including the development of several condominium projects in Great Barrington with affordable home ownership. Taconic Parking lot was funded through a grant written by Richard and he helped found the CDCSB in the early 1990s, serving on the board at that time. We are pleased to have Richard back on the CDCSB board once again.

Staff

Timothy Geller, Executive Director Tim has been our Executive Director since 2003. Other community development experience includes financing and small business support as the Portfolio Manager of the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund. He was the founder and president of the Berkshire Interfaith Community Investment Fund. Tim came to the Berkshires in 1984 as a Music Composition Fellow at Tanglewood and still composes. Hobbies include outdoor sports and singing in choirs.

Emmalyn Gaertner, Executive Assistant Emmalyn joined CDCSB full-time in 2017. Emmalyn is a Berkshire native from Becket, MA. After graduating from high school she spent the next ten years living and studying in Washington, DC, New Mexico, Texas, and Spain. She studied Sociology and Spanish at American University in Washington, DC, worked in the education department at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, and taught yoga. She lives in Great Barrington with her husband and daughter.

Gloria Escobar, Bookkeeper Gloria has been a bookkeeper at CDCSB since 2008. She has worked for non-profit financial institutions such as Greylock Federal Credit Union and is currently working as a manager at Hurlbut Employees Federal Credit Union. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Latino Festival in Lee, MA, for many years. As a bilingual, she teaches Spanish at BCC. Gloria lives in Great Barrington with her husband and three children.

Allison Marchese, Development/Fundraising Consultant Allison has over 25 years experience as a writer, marketing, communications, public relations and fundraising professional. Specializing in building new marketing and communications programs for companies and business, as well as building infrastructure, plans, and events for nonprofits. Allison published her first book in 2014 titled: The Hidden History of Columbia County. Her newest book, Hudson Valley Curiosities was published in August 2017.

Board of Directors

Jim Harwood, Board President

Jim Harwood has practiced architecture for more than 20 years and is a graduate of Cornell University. In 2007, Jim moved from New York City to Lenox, Massachusetts where his office for J. Harwood Architect is now based. Jim has a history of designing responsible, energy efficient buildings in the challenging northeastern climate. He is a LEED accredited professional. Jim joined the board at CDCSB in 2010 because of his commitment to the creation of living wage jobs and affordable housing.

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Cara Becker

Cara Becker graduated from Adelphi University with a degree in Business Administration. Before moving to the Berkshires, she worked as a Manager of Executive Training and Development for Lord & Taylor stores where she created and implemented Executive training programs for the company nationwide. Cara moved with her family to the Berkshires from Long Island and has since taken roles as Community Liaison for the town of Great Barrington and Executive Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Cara has also participated in many task forces that focus on the betterment of the community she loves.

Dave Christopolis

Dave is the Executive Director of Hilltown CDC located in Chesterfield, MA and lives in Goshen, MA. Hilltown CDC does work in Berkshire and Hampshire Counties. Dave has been working in the non-profit sector for 30 years. His past experience include working as a mental health counselor, community organizer, planner and grant writer. He has a real estate license in MA and manages affordable housing development at Hilltown CDC. Dave’s focus has always been on social justice, economic equality and advocating for policies and programs that build a more equitable society particularly for those who are disadvantaged. Dave promotes a comprehensive rural community development approach to his work at the Hilltown CDC, fostering regional collaborations and advancing a vision in which economic inequality and its related symptoms are public health and policy concerns. Dave holds a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch New England Graduate School and studied Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music.

Cara Davis
Cara Davis is the former Executive Director of Construct, Inc. She retired in 2016 after 27 years working on behalf of low to moderate income households with housing and other basic needs. Cara is also an ordained minister with the Berkshire Association of the United Church of Christ and is currently serving as a “bridge” minister for the First Congregational Church in Great Barrington until they call their new pastor. Cara also serves on the Great Barrington Affordable Housing Trust Fund, the Unified Fitness Review Committee of the UCC Massachusetts Conference, and is moderator of First Congregational Church in Lee. Cara has lived in the southern Berkshires since 1972 and is a resident of Great Barrington since 2004.

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is a Broker Associate with Lance Vermeulen Real Estate Inc., as well as the Treasurer/Secretary on the Board of Berkshire Multiple Listing Service, Inc. He is the Managing Member of TOPA Enterprises, LLC, a real estate investment and development company. Tom joined the CDCSB Board in 2017.

Rona Easton

Rona Easton is a licensed practicing architect who has worked and lived across the globe, and now resides in the Berkshires. She was born in Scotland, spent years in Europe, Hong Kong and New York, before moving to New Marlborough in 2014. Since moving here she has volunteered her services to the community, working with the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity on their first high-performance new homes, and is a member of the New Marlborough Conservation Commission, overseeing developments under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.

Shep Evans
Shep Evans is the founder of FRIDAY & Co. Real Estate. As a “green” Realtor, he has balanced conservation interests and development pressures, maintaining daily involvement in the real estate marketplace, community affairs, municipal planning, and regional environmental regulation. As Conservation Commission Chairman in Stockbridge, Shep Evans led the inaugural effort to adopt and implement the Berkshire Scenic Mountains Act. As an amateur naturalist, he has blazed and maintained miles of trails and has certified dozens of wetland habitats of state-listed rare species. His depth of understanding of the local scene and the natural world around him, together with important hands-on experience in land use planning and regulatory issues, position him as a valued independent resource and advisor to public & private sector property owners and environmental interests. Shep is currently the Conservation Agent for Towns of Great Barrington and Richmond. Shepley has lived in the southern Berkshires since 1980 and is currently a resident of Great Barrington.

Jeffry H. Kittross, Clerk

Jeff Kittross was educated in New York City public schools, received an AB in economics from the College of William & Mary and an LLB from Cornell Law School in 1959. He was admitted to the Bar in New York, and he is a United States Army veteran. He has worked for Bankers Trust Company, New York; Martin Marietta Corp (now Lockheed Martin), New York and The Okonite Company, New Jersey. In 1976, Jeffry left Okonite as Vice President & General Counsel to become Executive Vice President of the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York, a national organization supporting the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church. Later work with the Episcopal Church included community development and affordable housing in Newark, New Jersey. Married since 1960 to Emily Wade Kittross, with two children and three grandchildren, he is retired and living in Lenox, Massachusetts, from where he serves on various corporate and non-profit boards.

Richard Melluzo

Richard Melluzo was born in Hartford, CT and received his BS in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1974. Richard continued his education with an MA in counseling psychology from the University of Hartford in 1976 and an MS in Public Health with a specialty in Health Care Administration from Russell Sage College in 1984. He moved to Great Barrington in 1976 and served on the town’s Finance Committee for 2 years and as a Selectman for 11 years during that time. In 1991 he founded his private practice, RJM Counseling, in Great Barrington where he continues to provide counseling services to individuals, couples and families.

Daniel Mintz

Daniel Mintz has lived in Berkshire County since 1991. He was trained as an attorney and has served on various boards in Berkshire County including as the treasurer of The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires. Daniel was a member of the Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals from 2003 until 2008, and Chairman from 2007-2008. He is a managing partner of a commercial property owner/operator in the New York City Garment Center. He was a member of the Midtown South Community Council in New York City which addresses affordable housing and homeless issues in the city. Daniel currently lives in Mill River.

Rachel Moriarty

Rachel Moriarty is the Director of Operations at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics where she manages the organization so it can effectively house both its national and local programs. As the program coordinator of BerkShares local currency and part-time administrator for the Berkshire Community Land Trust, she helps implement the Schumacher Center’s practical applications of new economic thinking in the Berkshires. Rachel received her B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Peter Puciloski

Peter Puciloski is the senior litigator for Lazan, Glover and Puciloski LLP in Boston, with offices in Great Barrington. He has appeared before numerous courts, boards and commissions on the federal, state and local level and handles both litigation and transactional matters, involving residential, commercial and development property; condominiums and land use regulation. Peter, a graduate of Harvard Law School, cum laude, and Boston College, magna cum laude, is the author of Real Estate Litigation. He has served on the Hingham Planning Board, the Hingham Historic District Commission and the Hingham Water Supply Company. Peter is a member of the Boston, Massachusetts and American Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute and a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant. He returned to the CDC of South Berkshire Board of Directors in 2016.

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David Rich
David Rich has been the Executive Director of Supportive Housing Works since 2006 where he has played a leadership role in developing and implementing local and regional campaigns to end homelessness. David has lead the creation of Opening Doors of Fairfield County – a collaboration of over 200 social service organizations, government agencies, corporations and municipalities with the singular goal of ending all forms of homelessness by 2020. David has 25 years experience creating and building market-based solutions to alleviating poverty in North & Central America, Africa and Asia. Previous to joining Supportive Housing Works David lead the Mutual Housing Association of South Central CT. He has founded five non-profit and for-profit companies an turned around and brought to scale an additional four organizations. He currently lives in Salisbury, CT.

Richard Stanley

Richard Stanley is owner and developer of the Triplex Cinema and has been involved in town projects and affordable housing projects, including the development of several condominium projects in Great Barrington with affordable home ownership. Taconic Parking lot was funded through a grant written by Richard and he helped found the CDCSB in the early 1990s, serving on the board at that time. We are pleased to have Richard back on the CDCSB board once again.

Staff

Tim Geller, Executive Director

Tim has been our Executive Director since 2003. Other community development experience includes financing and small business support as the Portfolio Manager of the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund. He was the founder and president of the Berkshire Interfaith Community Investment Fund. Tim came to the Berkshires in 1984 as a Music Composition Fellow at Tanglewood and still composes. Hobbies include outdoor sports and singing in choirs.

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Emmalyn Gaertner, Executive Assistant
Emmalyn joined CDCSB full-time in 2017. Emmalyn is a Berkshire native from Becket, MA. After graduating from high school she spent the next ten years living and studying in Washington, DC, New Mexico, Texas, and Spain. She studied Sociology and Spanish at American University in Washington, DC, worked in the education department at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, and taught yoga. She lives in Great Barrington with her husband and daughter.

Gloria Escobar, Bookkeeper
Gloria has a bookkeeper at CDCSB since 2008. She has worked for non-profit financial institutions such as Greylock Federal Credit Union and is currently working as a manager at Hurlbut Employees Federal Credit Union. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Latino Festival in Lee, MA, for many years. As a bilingual, she teaches Spanish at BCC. Gloria lives in Great Barrington with her husband and three children. Image result for gloria escobar greylock
Allison Marchese, Development/Fundraising Consultant
Allison has over 25 years experience as a writer, marketing, communications, public relations and fundraising professional. Specializing in building new marketing and communications programs for companies and business, as well as building infrastructure, plans, and events for nonprofits. Allison published her first book in 2014 titled: The Hidden History of Columbia County. Her newest book, Hudson Valley Curiosities was published in August 2017. Image result for allison marchese

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